This electric car charging tower can power up a fleet of EVs at the same time

April 17, 2017 by  
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One of the biggest hassles of owning an electric car is finding a charger when you’re on the go. Looking to address this issue on an urban scale, Ennead Lab just unveiled an EV charging tower that can simultaneously store and power up a fleet of electric cars at the same time. The project, which is slated for a new urban development in Shanghai, takes the form of a stacked parking garage with transparent walls and a supercharger on the ground floor for drivers in a hurry. Ennead Lab’s tower seeks to provide a simple solution for electric car drivers who need to recharge away from home. The Car Charging Tower provides EV owners with two options: a super charge (which typically takes 25 minutes), or a place to park and charge while they go out and enjoy the city around them. Related: Quebec may require EV charging stations for all homes The charging tower would accommodate multiple sized cars and use a standard charging system to maximize the number of cars being charged simultaneously while parked. For those in a hurry, various super charger stations would be located on the ground floor underneath a lightweight canopy. The tower itself would be clad in a reflective perforated metal – a feature that pays homage to the “chrome-filled aesthetic history of the automobile.” + Ennead Lab Images via Ennead Lab

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The brickwork inside this beautiful Tehran community center will blow your mind

March 3, 2017 by  
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Kalout Architecture Studio ‘s Imam Reza Cultural and Religious Complex in Tehran, Iran is a vibrant urban space that locals of all ages and social groups enjoy. To make the building’s ethos absolutely clear, the architects built the roof in the form of interlocking fingers, symbolizing “unity and social cohesion”. The beautiful 7000-square-meter center, which is located in the cultural zone of the capital, houses a mosque , an art gallery, a bookstore coffee shop, an amphitheater and an IT center. The building’s various functional zones are organized around the central glass-paneled dome in stone-clad wings. Related: Mosque for All: BIG Wins Competition To Design Inside-Out Albanian Cultural Center The dome arches over a traditional shabestan – an underground space typically found in Iranian houses, mosques, and schools. According to the architects, the unique design was influenced by both tradition and functionality, “The main form of the shabestan, with the grandeur of a religious space, provides the opportunity for a unique experience to fulfill the immemorial ambition to connect with the creator and feel the symbolic form of the dome. Following this main form, the side wings of the building with the supplementary functions rise from and rest on the ground to create an innovative form visually.” The dome is composed of handmade glass carved with the various words for god. On the exterior walkway, bricks are laid in an intricate pattern that runs the length of the walls. According to the architects, the two materials were used to represent the “ascending movement from earth to light”. Additional traditional features found in the complex include a sunken courtyard with a small reflecting pool, and a cedar statue that symbolizes “constancy, life and freedom”. + Kalout Architecture Studio Via Dezeen Photography by Parham Taghiof

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This showroom in China looks like a piece of paper floating on water

December 5, 2016 by  
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The design of this showroom and management office in China was inspired by a piece of paper floating on water. FMD Architects designed the building as an addition to a large industrial office park in Minhang District, Shanghai, and combined exposed concrete, wood and steel to give it an industrial feel. The designers created the building to look like a piece of paper floating on water, only touching the surface in two points. Its simple structural system comprises a concrete base and core, wooden columns and a sloping roof that shelters a double-height space . Related: Tesla’s Red Hot and Green Los Angeles Showroom The concrete base protects the wood from the elements, while the solid concrete core takes most of the horizontal loads. Additional natural light is introduced through the skylight which also improves natural ventilation . The architects chose to hide all the lights and equipment, leaving exposed only the original concrete, wood and steel joints, giving the entire space an industrial feel. + FMD Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Yinhui Wang

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Ennead Architects break ground on celestial Shanghai Planetarium

November 18, 2016 by  
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Inspired by astronomical principles, the Shanghai Planetarium comprises three main forms: the Oculus, the Inverted Dome, and the Sphere. All three components double as astronomical instruments tracking the sun, moon, and stars and communicate the changes to visitors through light patterns and views. Every visit to the planetarium will offer a different experience, depending on the time of day and year. Related: Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium “In linking the new Museum to both scientific purpose and to the celestial references of buildings throughout history, the exhibits and architecture will communicate more than scientific content: they will illuminate what it means to be human in a vast and largely unknown universe,” said Thomas Wong, lead designer of the building and Design Partner in Ennead Architects. The modern building is also a symbol of China’s future ambitions in space exploration. The Shanghai Planetarium is slated to open in 2020. + Ennead Architects Images via Ennead Architects

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Aedas sleek office tower and green space will bring a "missing humanism to Shanghai

November 10, 2016 by  
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The 45,000-square-meter Gemdale Changshou Road development is nicknamed “Cloud on Terrace” after its rounded and reflective tower set on a terraced retail podium. The landscaped terraces soften the building’s appearance and break down the development to a human scale. The terraces step up to form a tower with rounded edges and an angular orientation—a contrast to the surrounding boxy skyscrapers . The terraced building is a visual bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road in the north. Related: Aedas unveils mountainous mixed-use building that looks like a stack of books The building is mostly glazed and will be installed with high-performance, low-e , and low-iron glass to save on energy. The landscaped terraces help provide a cooling microclimate , purify the air, and reduce solar heat gain. Horizontal solar shades extrude from the tower’s glass curtain wall to further reduce solar gain. The building is slated for completion by 2019. + Andrew Bromberg Aedas Via ArchDaily Images via Aedas and AsymmetricA

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Visitors become hour hands in this temporary museum for luxury watchmaker Piguet

November 9, 2016 by  
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The architectural installation , which Mathieu Lehanneur refers to as The Ring, is nestled within the Yuz Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai . Exploring both the rich history of the Audemars Piguet brand and Lehanneur’s interest in combining nature and technology, the Ring aims to be emotionally engaging and informative. Its monolithic exterior is elegant and simple, while the interior is reminscent of the intricate inner mechanisms of Piguet watches. Related: Superstudio Più’s Temporary Museum Leaves a Permanent Impression at Milan Design Week The main entrance leads visitors to 12 open doors, separated by lush green walls, that evoke the hours of a watch dial. This layout converts visitors into imaginary needles that mark the different moments in the brand’s history and its technical innovation. Mathieu Lehanneur said, “This temporary museum is a reflection on time… a dreamy vision of time where each instant differs from the previous one. Here every door opens onto a new story.” + Mathieu Lehanneur

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The world’s fastest elevator is quicker than track legend Usain Bolt

October 6, 2016 by  
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The fastest elevator in the world was recently installed in China’s Shanghai Tower , the second-tallest building in the world, and it is faster than Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Designed by Mitsubishi Electric , the elevator shoots visitors to a viewing tower at a dizzying rate of 67-feet-per-second. The speedy ride is made worthwhile at the top with sweeping views of Shanghai. Mitsubishi Electric was able to shatter records with their new elevator through a control panel that can ” maximize the traction machine’s performance ” and improvements to safety features like the buffer, brake device, and speed governor. The company says based on passenger traffic, the elevator can switch between 1,080 meters per minute or 1,230 meters per minute, which is around 40 miles per hour to nearly 46 miles per hour. The elevator can zoom from “the second-level basement to the 119th floor in just 53 seconds.” Related: This Italian elevator transports passengers vertically and horizontally The company said in a release, “While Mitsubishi Electric’s cutting-edge technologies drastically increase the speed, the elevator also delivers enhanced safety, top-level riding comfort, silence, and power saving.” The Shanghai Tower elevator makes elevators in iconic, modern buildings like One World Trade Center and the Burj Khalifa seem sluggish. Visitors to One World Trade Center can climb through the building at around 33-feet-per-second, and in the Burj Khalifa visitors travel at about 32 feet per second. Another Chinese skyscraper, Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, held the record for world’s quickest elevator briefly at 65-feet-per-second. Unveiled this summer, the elevator was overtaken rapidly by the new Shanghai Tower elevator. Elevator engineering expert Albert So told CNN there is likely a limit to how fast an elevator can rocket through a building. He said, “I predict the maximum speed of a vertical lift cabin cannot be more than 79-feet-per-second. This is not because we can’t make lifts that go faster than this, but because of the air pressure.” Via CNN Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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Stylish Shanghai eatery promotes the goodness of their food with a greenhouse-like design

July 25, 2016 by  
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Located on the Tongji University campus, the chic ???BAOBAO restaurant places the open kitchen within a greenhouse -like structure, giving patrons a full view of the baozi-making process through glazed windows. The 62-square-meter space is filled with natural light and brings the campus’ leafy surroundings indoors through full-height windows and the addition of indoor plants and green tiles. Hanging bulb lights illuminate the interior and complement the minimalist vibe of the timber house-like frameworks. Related: T.Bar: enormous living green walls of lichen and moss line refreshing Panama Fusion restaurant The combination of timber elements and greenery gives the interior a fresh and nature-infused character. Seating is also extended to the outdoors with a patio lined with bluestone cobbles and shielded with angled solar shades decorated with ???BAOBAO graphics. “Linehouse created a spatial narrative that married with the brand’s ethos: from garden to plate, using the freshest vegetables in handcrafted baozi,” write the designers. “In doing so they played with the concept of inserting a glass greenhouse building for the exhibition and growth of plants.” + Linehouse Via ArchDaily Images via Linehouse © Dirk Weiblen

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Kengo Kuma converts a Chinese cotton mill into an aluminum-clad art and retail hub

April 5, 2016 by  
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Nature-infused urban development will bring lush greenery to Shanghai

February 25, 2016 by  
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